University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $140,000 - $180,000 a year
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

UW Continuum College (UWC²) expands the reach of the University of Washington with programs like UW Professional & Continuing Education, International & English Language Programs, Summer Youth and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW that meet the needs of various learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.

UWC² has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Vice Provost for our Advanced Online Learning Solutions team.

This position will initially draw on the deep expertise and resources in UW Continuum College but will build a staff dedicated to providing new, fully online UW degree programs on an unmatched level of program management support. After a period of initial investment, the unit will be expected to self-sustain off of the revenue generated by the programs it serves.

To become a world-class online operation, one early task will be to develop an Advanced Learning Solutions team that expands current excellent instructional design and video capabilities offered through UW Continuum College. Examples of these capabilities include: motion graphics, simulations, mobile, and new learning platforms.

While UW Continuum College Marketing and Enrollment Services will provide most initial marketing services, the unit will have its own dedicated marketing manager to maintain high campus partner support. Similarly, the Finance and Budget team will support the unit but a dedicated financial liaison will be a team member. These functions will evolve as the unit grows.

A small research team will also be housed in UWC². The research team will initially monitor program quality, retention, and other metrics but will evolve to be a collaborative hub for faculty interested in online learning research, grant opportunities, and entrepreneurial innovations.

  • Maintain and instill our values: diversity and respect for all, a never-ending pursuit of excellence, integrity, and trust & openness.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, mentoring and separation of 6-8 managers and professional staff. Provide leadership and programmatic direction to an eventual total team size of between 25-35, depending on the number of programs in production.
  • Achieve results through others - demonstrate formal and influence-based leadership.
  • Create a collaborative and innovative work culture.
  • Ability to attract top talent to the UW who are also driven by the mission and share the belief that, “everyone deserves education to thrive in an ever-changing world.”
Strategic Vision
  • Serve on the Continuum College Executive Council and in leadership roles for campus-wide initiatives and committees.
  • Deliver on key elements of the seven facets of online learning leadership (from the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership) by providing internal advocacy for online offerings as a senior leader and working to build that advocacy across the UW and extending to external constituencies; developing strategic approaches for student and faculty support; maintaining and growing digital technology literacies; maintaining an entrepreneurial and innovative approach; and a deep commitment to professionalism in the field.
  • Make decisions and generate recommendations that contribute to the solution of organization-wide problems.
  • Provide and encourage staff evaluation and staff development linked to organizational goals, UWC² objectives, and job descriptions.
Financial Decision Making
  • Develop fiscal strategies to maintain and grow programmatic activity.
  • Initiate, monitor, and maintain budgets in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.
  • Approve budget adjustments and fiscal policies/directions for UWC².
  • Follow established UW and UWC² financial policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for budget and staff headcount planning to achieve program growth targets.
UW and Community Partnerships
  • Represent the University; act as a liaison to other units of the University.
  • Generate ideas, share feedback, and encourage the efforts of colleagues across the UW.
  • Communicate with academic and/or administrative units, updating them about UWC² initiatives.
  • Create and maintain agreements and relationships with professional organizations and advisory boards.
  • Work with businesses, nonprofit organizations, other educational institutions and consortia to secure contracts and/or grants, licensing arrangements, partnerships, added value, or greater efficiencies for UWC².
  • Earned doctorate (ABD considered with substantial progress) or terminal graduate degree and 5+ years of experience to include
  • Leading 2 or more areas in a university or business setting related to: instructional design, online program management, media development, learning technology, marketing, enrollment services, budget/finance
  • Leading teams with 7 or more individual contributor direct reports
  • Ability to create positive and open-minded inter-group communications
  • Foster a ubiquitous, joyous work environment which boosts team motivation and confidence
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a complex environment
  • Experience with budgetary responsibility of $3 million
  • Demonstrated experience delighting research faculty or high-demand business clients
  • Show familiarity with the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • 5+ years managing 2 or more managers or directors (leader of leader experience)
  • Experience working at a major research university or with a research university client base
  • Examples of working with multiple schools and colleges (university background) or external clients (business background) to deliver complex education and/or training solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to develop or evolve online learning financial and budget models to support new programs or start new lines of business
  • Previous experience implementing or using the UPCEA Hallmarks of Online Leadership to guide institutional strategic planning
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.